Weequahic High School

Weequahic High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in the Weequahic section of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. The school is operated by the Newark Public Schools and is located at 279 Chancellor Avenue. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1935.[3]

Weequahic High School
Address
279 Chancellor Avenue

, ,
07112

United States
Coordinates40°42′31″N 74°13′11″W / 40.708682°N 74.219844°W / 40.708682; -74.219844Coordinates: 40°42′31″N 74°13′11″W / 40.708682°N 74.219844°W / 40.708682; -74.219844
Information
TypePublic high school
Established1933; 88 years ago (1933)
School districtNewark Public Schools
NCES School ID3411340[1]
PrincipalAndre Hollis
Faculty32.0 FTEs[1]
Grades9-12
Enrollment406 (as of 2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio12.7:1[1]
Color(s)  Orange and
  Brown[2]
Athletics conferenceSuper Essex Conference (general)
North Jersey Super Football Conference (football)
Team nameIndians[2]
PublicationErgo
NewspaperThe Calumet
YearbookThe Legend
Websitewww.nps.k12.nj.us/WEQ/

As of the 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 406 students and 32.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.7:1. There were 223 students (54.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 2 (0.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit

The school was the 325th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[4] The school had been ranked 258th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 310th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 305th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 308th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 353rd out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 6 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[8]

HistoryEdit

Construction of the high school was completed in 1932 and classes began in September 1933.[9] Max J. Herzberg was the first Principal and remained as the leader of the high school for 18 years until his retirement in 1951.[10]

The high school is home to the New Deal era mural "Enlightenment of Man" painted by Michael Lenson who was director of New Jersey mural activities for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).[11]

The Weequahic section of Newark, which is the neighborhood sending students to the high school, was described as it was in the 1930s and early 1940s by Weequahic alumnus Philip Roth in The Plot Against America.

Weequahic High School has an active alumni association that raises scholarship monies for the students.

The documentary film, Heart of Stone (2009), is about Ron Stone, former principal of the high school and his efforts to work with students and further the mission of the high school. This documentary was presented at the Sundance Film Festival and has been shown in selected venues.[12]

AthleticsEdit

The Weequahic High School Indians[2] compete in the Super Essex Conference, which is comprised of public and private high schools in Essex County and was established after a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[13] Prior to the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in the Hills Division of the Iron Hills Conference, which included schools in Essex, Morris and Union counties.[14] With 276 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 75 to 476 students in that grade range.[15] The football team competes in the National White division of the North Jersey Super Football Conference, which includes 112 schools competing in 20 divisions, making it the nation's biggest football-only high school sports league.[16][17] The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group I North for football for 2018–2020.[18] The school's athletic teams are called the Indians and its colors are orange and brown.[2]

The boys' basketball team won its first Group IV state championship in 1962 (defeating Westfield High School in the tournament final) and repeated as state champions in 1966 (vs. Hackensack High School), 1967 (vs. Camden High School) and 1973 (vs. Atlantic City High School) and won the Group II title in 2001 (vs. Pleasantville High School).[19][20] Lester Fein was the coach of the basketball team in the 1960s, coaching many winning teams. A crowd of 4,500 watched as the 1962 team won the Group IV title with a 55-52 victory against Westfield in the championship game to finish the season with a record of 24-3.[21] A 62-38 win against Hackensack in the championship game played at Convention Hall in Atlantic City gave the team a 25-1 season record and the Group IV state title.[22] In 1967, the team finished the season with a 26-0 record after winning the state Group IV title with an 80-60 win against Camden in the championship game played in front of a tournament-record 12,000 spectators at Atlantic City's Convention Hall.[23] The 1967 team was listed as the number-one ranked team in the country and extended the school's winning streak to 40 games.[24] Some of his players went on to play in the National Basketball Association.[25] The 2002 boys' basketball won the North II, Group III state sectional championship, edging West Side High School in the tournament final.[26]

The football team won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 2006 and the North II Group I title in 2016.[27] The sectional title win in 2006 was the first ever for Weequahic and the first for a Newark high school since 1975. Coach Altariq White was named state Coach of the Year and Amara Kamara was selected as the state Defensive Player of the Year. In 2016, in the first sectional title game played between two Newark high schools, the football team defeated Malcolm X Shabazz High School by a score of 18-8 to win the North II, Group I championship, the program's second sectional title in the playoff era.[28] 2009 marked the return of the Thanksgiving Day game called the "Soul Bowl" between Weequahic and Shabazz High School, which had last been played in 1993 and had been in abeyance due to the two schools being placed in different athletic conferences.[29] The 2011 game was the 29th between the two teams, ending in a 27-20 win for Weequahic, which won its fifth consecutive defeat of Shabazz.[30] The intra-district football rivalry with Shabazz was ranked third on NJ.com's 2017 list "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football". Shabazz leads the series with an overall record of 35-28-6 through the 2017 season.[31]

The boys' winter track team won the state relay championship in Group III in 1991 and 1992, and won in Group I in 2016. The girls team won in Group I in 2015.[32]

The girls spring track team was Group III champion in 1991 and won the Group I title in 2015.[33]

The boys track team won the Group I spring track state championship in 2016.[34]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

The high school newspaper is The Calumet, the literary magazine is Ergo, and the yearbook is called The Legend. The school's student governing body is the Orange and Brown Association (OBA).[35]

AdministrationEdit

The school's principal is Andre Hollis. His administration team includes three vice principals[36]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable alumni of Weequahic High School include:[37]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e School data for Weequahic High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Weequahic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Weequahic High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 1, 2012. Accessed March 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 2, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff. "Heads School In Newark.; Herzberg Is Named Principal of New Weequahic High.", The New York Times, September 1, 1933. Accessed January 2, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "Principal Ending 44 Years' Service; Max J. Herzberg Is Honored by 400 at the Weequahic High School in Newark Speakers at Meeting", The New York Times, May 23, 1951. Accessed January 2, 2011. "Four hundred persons met tonight in the Weequahic High School auditorium here to honor Max J. Herzberg, the school's first principal."
  11. ^ Falkenstein, Michelle. "Creating Murals With Paint And Purpose", The New York Times, August 24, 2003. Accessed January 2, 2011. "Three of Mr. Lenson's New Jersey murals still exist, all in Newark -- the age-darkened History of the Enlightenment of Man at Weequahic High School, 279 Chancellor Avenue; the recently restored History of Newark in the council chambers at Newark City Hall, 920 Broad Street; and The Four Freedoms, an imposing work at the Fourteenth Avenue School, 186 14th Avenue."
  12. ^ Whitty, Stephen. "Weequahic, remembered and (maybe) reborn", The Star-Ledger, March 11, 2009. Accessed January 2, 2012. "In 1960, Newark's Weequahic High School was known as one of the best in the country. By the time Principal Ron Stone took over in 2001, it was one of the worst. What had once been called a "school for strivers" was now seen as a battleground for gangs. What's changed since then and what hasn't and how people have tried to make a difference - despite some tragic disappointments -- is at the core of Heart of Stone, a new documentary."
  13. ^ League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021 Accessed January 10, 2017.
  14. ^ Home Page, Iron Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  15. ^ NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  16. ^ Cooper, Darren. "Here's what we know about the new Super Football Conference 2020 schedule", The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference (SFC) is a 112-team group, the largest high school football-only conference in America, and is comprised of teams from five different counties."
  17. ^ Cooper, Darren. "NJ football: Super Football Conference revised schedules for 2020 regular season", The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference has 112 teams that will play across 20 divisions."
  18. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  19. ^ NJSIAA Boys Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  20. ^ 2001 - Group II, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 22, 2007.
  21. ^ "North Jersey Foes Prove Too Tough for Area Teams; Dunellen, S. Plainfield Bow; Westfield Rally Falls Short", The Record, March 19, 1962. Accessed February 27, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "All were beaten in convincing fashion by high-powered North Jersey teams in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's 44th annual tournament here Saturday at Delaware Valley Garden. West Orange Mountain subdued South Plainfield, 55-43, to win the Group 2 championship; Mountain Lakes whipped Dunellen, 88-66, to secure Group 1 honors, and Weequahic shaded Westfield, 55-52, in the Group 4 finale.... Westfield: The margin was at the foul line as Weequahic's aggressive forces built an early lead, then quelled repeated Westfield second-half surges to win their first siate championship in a suspenseful duel viewed before gathering of 4,500 spectators. But free throw frequency was not the sole deciding factor in the Indians' 24th conquest in 27 games and Westfield's third loss in 26 encounters."
  22. ^ Buonauro, Gabe. "Hackensack Routed By Weequahic Five", The Record, March 28, 1966. Accessed January 31, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Most basketball fans think that Weequahic wins because of its tremendous height, rebounding, and scoring.... Fein was accepting congratulations Saturday night at Convention Hall after his team had trounced Hackensack, 62-38, for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Group 4 championship, when he declared that defense was the key to his team's success.... In winning their 13th straight and 25th in 26 games, Weequahic simply outclassed the Comets."
  23. ^ "Weequahic Is 80-60 Victor", Asbury Park Press, March 19, 1967. Accessed March 12, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "All-conquering Weequahic of Newark again staked its claim as New Jersey's best scholastic basketball team last night with a convincing 80-60 route of Camden, the only club that had been given a chance to beat the Indians. In capturing its second straight NJSIAA Group IV title, Weequahic dominated every aspect of the game and stretched its winning streak to 40, including all 26 this season. The largest crowd in tournament history 12,001 jammed Convention Hall and saw Weequahic warm up to its task after a slow start."
  24. ^ Nissenson, Herschel. "Weequahic Proves It's Among U.S. Best", Asbury Park Press, March 20, 1967. Accessed December 23, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Why, the awesome Indians from Weequahic High School of Newark, who turned their long-awaited, much-ballyhooed 'dream' game with Camden into a nightmare for the losers. The score was 80-60 and the Group IV championship game was the last of seven N.J. State Interscholastic Athletic Association basketball titles decided during a weeklong of shooting and shouting in Convention Hall.... The defending champions ran their winning streak to 40 games 26 this season and again staked their claim convincingly as the top high school team in New Jersey and possibly in the country. They are rated No. 1 nationally by Scholastic Magazine."
  25. ^ Lester Fein, International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Accessed November 3, 2020. "His most successful year was the 1966-67 season, when his Weequahic High (Newark, NJ) basketball team went undefeated (26-0) en route to capturing the New Jersey State Championship. Weequahic was named 'the No. 1 high school team in the United States' and Coach Fein was honored as USA Coach of the Year."
  26. ^ 2002 Boys Basketball - North II, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 29, 2007.
  27. ^ NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  28. ^ Lambert, Jim. "Defense ignites Weequahic over Shabazz for first sectional title in 10 years", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 3, 2016. Accessed December 9, 2016. "In a clash between crosstown Newark rivals that was fueled by civic pride, Weequahic's stifling and opportunistic defense scored two second half touchdowns to spark an 18-8 victory over Shabazz in a historic backyard battle in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2 Group 1 final on Saturday at Kean University's Alumni Stadium.... Weequahic, which finished the season 12-0, came up six turnovers in a game that marked the first ever matchup between Newark schools in a sectional football final."
  29. ^ Giambusso, David. "Soul Bowl returns to Newark after 16-year hiatus", The Star-Ledger, November 26, 2009. Accessed November 29, 2015. "The blazing horns and beating drums of the Malcolm X. Shabazz High School marching band danced through the streets of Newark's South Ward this morning, heralding the return of the Soul Bowl--a cherished city tradition that has been dormant for 16 years.... In 1993, due to changes in the two schools' conferences, the Weequahic Indians were forced to drop the Shabazz Bulldogs game from their schedule, to the lament of alumni and residents who saw the match up as a major event on the city's social calendar."
  30. ^ Kinney, Mike. "Weequahic (27) at Shabazz (20) - Football", The Star-Ledger, November 24, 2011. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Hopefully, the Weequahic players conducted themselves a bit more graciously at the table yesterday than they did in the first half of the 'Soul Bowl' at Shabazz Stadium in Newark.... Marquis Armstrong rushed for two touchdowns in the first half and helped his squad control the football for 17 minutes in those opening quarters on its way to a 27-20 victory before approximately 4,000.... It also was its fifth straight victory against Shabazz, which leads the overall series 15-12-2."
  31. ^ Stypulkoski, Matt. "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 27, 2017, updated May 15, 2019. Accessed December 1, 2020. "3-Shabazz vs. Weequahic... The Thanksgiving rivalry game between these two schools from the South Ward of Newark was dropped in 1993 but renewed in 2009.... All-time series: Shabazz leads, 35-28-6"
  32. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  33. ^ NJSIAA Spring Track Summary of Group Titles Girls, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  34. ^ NJSIAA Spring Track Summary of Group Titles Boys, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  35. ^ Our School, Weequahic High School. Accessed April 8, 2021.
  36. ^ Administration, Weequahic High School. Accessed April 8, 2021.
  37. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Distinguished Weequahic Alumni, Weequahic High School Alumni Association. Accessed December 19, 2019.
  38. ^ Carter, Barry. "Shabazz vs. Weequahic -- a rivalry for the ages duels in football championship", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 2, 2016, updated January 16, 2019. Accessed December 19, 2019. "Hassan Arbubakrr attended both schools -- freshman and sophomore years at Shabazz -- but aligns himself with Weequahic after graduating there in 1979."
  39. ^ a b Ortner, Sherry B. New Jersey dreaming: capital, culture, and the class of '58, p. 3. Duke University Press, 2003. ISBN 0-8223-3108-X. "The most famous graduate of Weequahic High School is Philip Roth, who has written with great ethnographic acumen about the school and the neighborhood in many of his novels (starting with the collection of short stories, Goodbye, Columbus), Other graduates of the school, well known in other circles, include the former basketball star and coach Alvin Attles, a highly placed economist in the Reagan Administration named Robert Ortner (no relation, as far as I know), Feminist philosopher Susan Bordo, and urban sociologist Janet Abu-Lughod (who also happens to be the mother of anthropologist Lila Abu-Lughod)."
  40. ^ "Conversation Between Alfred Sommer, MD MHS and Daniel M. Albert, MD", American Academy of Ophthalmology, October 15, 2010. Accessed September 19, 2019. "DAN: Newark didn’t have the specialty type schools that New York did, but it was sound education. I ended up at Weequahic High School, which was made famous in Portnoy’s Complaint..."
  41. ^ Johnson, Roy S. "Attles Coaches In A Personal Way", The New York Times, January 28, 1982. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Attles, who was graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark, concedes that he was not as good at basketball as at baseball. His interests even shifted to football, in which, at 155 pounds, he was a wide receiver and defensive back."
  42. ^ Past Inductees, Newark Athletic Hall of Fame. Accessed January 2, 2012.
  43. ^ "Local Pianist To Play for 'Pops' Series", New Jersey Jewish News, January 25, 1963. Accessed December 19, 2019. "Seymour Bernstein, pianist, a native Newarker, will be soloist in a program of Rachmaninoff and Gershwin music with the New Jersey Symphony, Feb. 2 at 8:30 PM at the Mosque.... A graduate of Weequahic High School, and a winner of Newark's Griffith Artist Award as a boy, Bernstein attended the Juilliard School of Music, later becoming the only pupil of the noted pianist Alexander Brailowsky."
  44. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "Trouble ahead for baby boomers", The Record, March 4, 2007 archived at agewave.com. Accessed December 19, 2019. "'It would appear now, looking back, that so much of what I experienced had a lot in common with tens of millions of other people,' says Dychtwald, who grew up in Newark's Weequahic section. 'I look at movies like Grease or Barry Levinson's Diner, and that's kind of how it was.'.... He graduated Weequahic High School on the eve of the 1967 Newark riots."
  45. ^ Picture Gallery: Muriel Fox, Weequahic High School Alumni Association. Accessed July 22, 2016.
  46. ^ Zhang, Wenxian. "Interview with Ms. Muriel Fox: Rollins Alumni, Executive Vice President of Carl Byoir and Associates, & Co-Founder of NOW", Rollins College, November 25, 2010. Accessed July 22, 2016. "Well, I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, went to the high school of Philip Roth Weequahic High School, and then my brother had dramatic fever, and so my family moved to Miami Beach and I was fortunate enough to get a full scholarship to Rollins."
  47. ^ Greenhouse, Steven. "Marvin Frankel, Federal Judge and Pioneer of Sentencing Guidelines, Dies at 81", The New York Times, March 5, 2002. Accessed December 19, 2019. "Marvin Earle Frankel was born on July 26, 1920, in New York City.... He grew up in Newark and graduated at 16 from Weequahic High School, made famous by Philip Roth."
  48. ^ Fitzgerald's Legislative Manual, 1984, p. 259. J.A. Fitzgerald, 1984. Accessed September 19, 2019. "Mr. Gill, a graduate of Weequahic High School, Newark, served in the Air Force from 1942 to 1946."
  49. ^ Durbach, Elaine. "Ina Golub, 76, a weaver of fine Judaica; Mountainside artist left a legacy on walls of homes, synagogues", New Jersey Jewish News, October 28, 2015. Accessed September 19, 2019. "They grew up in Newark and Irvington; their father, Irving, was a distinguished musician and a talented artist.... Golub attended Weequahic High School in Newark, studied art at Montclair State University, and did her master’s at Indiana University."
  50. ^ Gordon, Lorraine. Alive at the Village Vanguard: My Life in and Out of Jazz Time, p. 288. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006. ISBN 9780634073991. Accessed December 19, 2019. "Then I went to Arts High on High Street. I really had artistic tendencies: I wanted to draw and paint.... I transferred to Weequahic High School (ahead of Philip Roth by about ten years), and ultimately graduated from there."
  51. ^ "Interview with Martin Greenberg", Rutgers University Center on the American Governor, July 5, 2006. Accessed October 26, 2015. "And I learned more about it as I did get into Weequahic High School and we had a teacher who not too long ago passed on, Dan Epstein, who was the president of the teachers union.... The war came before I was in Weequahic, I graduated Weequahic in 1950."
  52. ^ The Lifetime Achievement Award: Lester Fein, International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Accessed January 25, 2011.
  53. ^ Sandomir, Richard. "Sandy Grossman, Maestro of N.F.L. on TV, Dies at 78", The New York Times, April 3, 2014. Accessed October 26, 2015. "Sanford Morton Grossman was born on June 12, 1935, in Newark and graduated from Weequahic High School."
  54. ^ 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee, Benjamin Charles Hawkins, Nutley Hall of Fame. Accessed November 9, 2019. "Benjamin Charles Hawkins was born in Newark, NJ in 1944. He attended Weequahic High School and Nutley High School."
  55. ^ Reggie Jones, New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Accessed November 23, 2017. "Reggie was born in Savannah, Georgia. He came to Newark at the age of 9. He attended Avon Elementary School and Clinton Place Junior High. He is also a 1969 graduate of Weequahic High School."
  56. ^ Mink, Nate. "Temple linebacker Kamara cares", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 23, 2010. Accessed January 25, 2011.
  57. ^ "Irwin Kimmelman", Attorney General of New Jersey. Accessed September 19, 2019. "Irwin I. Kimmelman was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 10, 1930. After graduation from Weequahic High School, he studied accounting at the Rutgers University School of Business Administration."
  58. ^ Goodman, Fred. Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll, p. 8. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. ISBN 9780547896892. Accessed December 19, 2019. "At Weequahic High School he was the loud ringleader of a small group of neighborhood boys who shuttled between the movie theaters and the playgrounds.... His high school yearbook was signed by just one classmate: Philip Roth, the neighborhood's future chronicler and literary light."
  59. ^ Witzling , Mara Rose. "+weequahic Voicing today's visions:writings by contemporary women artists, p. 265. Universe, 1994. ISBN 0-87663-640-7. Accessed March 5, 2012. "Barbara Kruger B. 1945... The only child in a lower-middle-class Jewish family, Kruger was born in Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from Weequahic High School and, in 1964, spent a year at Syracuse University."
  60. ^ Dennis “Mo” Layton, NJSports.com. Accessed December 19, 2019. "Dennis Layton was born December 24, 1948 in Newark. He honed his game on the city’s playground, using his lightning speed and left-handed jumper to become one of the top young players in his neighborhood, which bordered Hillside and Elizabeth. The teenager everyone called 'Mo' attended Weequahic High School and, in 1966–67, he led coach Les Fein’s varsity to a 27–0 record and the #1 ranking among U.S. prep teams."
  61. ^ Staff. "New Jersey Sports; The Dream Team", The New York Times, June 18, 1974. Accessed September 19, 2019. "The players were Dennis Layton, Dana Lewis, Leroy Cobh, George Watson and Bill Mainor. Layton, a 6‐foot‐2‐inch guard, played with Phoenix and Portland in the N.B.A. after a brilliant college career at Southern California. Lewis, a 6–10½ center with a fine outside touch, was the Philadelphia 76ers' first‐round draft choice a few years ago but failed to pan out."
  62. ^ Kaplan, Ron. "A son recalls a Weequahic legend in new book", New Jersey Jewish News, September 9, 2009. Accessed January 2, 2012. "When New Jersey-born Bob Masin, a resident of Portland, Ore., for the last 20 years, learned that a Weequahic High School alumnus lived nearby, he gave the gentleman a call. 'I introduced myself and said, "By the way, did you know of my father, Swede Masin?" And this guy is probably 30 years behind my father and he answered the same way everyone answers: "Of course I knew about your father; he was a legend."'"
  63. ^ Ramaswamy, Swapna Venugopal. "NJ Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, a beacon for women in politics, is not afraid to take on status quo", The Record, July 19, 2019. Accessed September 19, 2019. "After graduating from Newark’s Weequahic High School in 1970, Oliver went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a historically black colleges and universities [sic]."
  64. ^ Neatby, Nicole. "Sherry B. Ortner, New Jersey Dreaming: Capital, Culture, and the Class of '58.", Labour/Le Travail, March 22, 2005. Accessed July 8, 2008. "Sherry Ortner is a respected anthropologist who has turned her attention away from Sherpas in Nepal to the Class of '58 Weequahic high school in Newark, New Jersey, the high school from which she herself graduated that year."
  65. ^ McGlone, Peggy. "Music from the Heart; Cardiac surgeon gives his life to Newark hospital, orchestra", New Jersey Jewish News, September 21, 2008. Accessed September 19, 2019. "Parsonnet was born in Newark on Aug. 29, 1924, the older of two children of Eugene and Rose Danzis Parsonnet. He attended Maple Avenue School and Weequahic High School before enrolling at Cornell University."
  66. ^ D'Alessandro, Dave. "D'Alessandro: Newark's Bo Porter hopes to help revive baseball in the city by succeeding as Astros manager", The Star-Ledger, October 5, 2012. Accessed July 31, 2013. "Porter was named the captain of those teams by Bill Hicks, who would later coach him at Weequahic."
  67. ^ Jones, Richard G. "A New Jersey Crime Story's Hollywood Ending", The New York Times, November 1, 2007. Accessed June 4, 2016. "As the opening of American Gangster approached, Mr. Roberts was the subject of several celebrations — including one held by the alumni association at Weequahic High School in Newark, which sponsored a screening of the film last week as a cautionary tale for students — and he attended the film's premiere in Harlem last month."
  68. ^ Lubasch, Arnold H. "Philip Roth Shakes Weequahic High", The New York Times, February 28, 1969. Accessed September 8, 2007. "It has provided the focus for the fiction of Philip Roth, the novelist who evokes his era at Weequahic High School in the highly acclaimed Portnoy's Complaint.... Besides identifying Weequahic High School by name, the novel specifies such sites as the Empire Burlesque, the Weequahic Diner, the Newark Museum and Irvington Park, all local landmarks that helped shape the youth of the real Roth and the fictional Portnoy, both graduates of Weequahic class of '50."
  69. ^ "Judith Weinraub interview of Reese Schonfeld" Archived March 1, 2017, at the Wayback Machine, New York University Digital Library Technology Services, August 18, 2009. Accessed March 1, 2017. "Weinraub: And what kind of education did you all have? Schonfeld:... Both my brother and I went to Weequahic High, which was famous."
  70. ^ Forgosh, Linda B. Jews of Weequahic, p. 9. Arcadia Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7385-5763-2. "It was also possible to graduate from Weequahic High School in three and one-half years. David Shapiro, author of 10 volumes of poetry, including the poem Weequahic Park in the Dark, graduated early to attend Columbia University."
  71. ^ Dunleavy, Ryan. "NFL Draft 2018 | N.J.'s Akrum Wadley after visiting Giants, Jets: 'I'm going to produce' | Next RB steal?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 9, 2018. Accessed September 19, 2019. "In order to be ready for his future, Akrum Wadley is reliving his past. About 20 hours after temporarily filling a locker two down from Eli Manning's at the Giants training facility, Wadley was back in the weight room at his alma mater, Weequahic High School."
  72. ^ Durbach, Elaine. "Naomi Wilzig, collector and philanthropist, 80; A supporter of Jewish causes built a famed museum of erotic art", New Jersey Jewish News, April 15, 2015. Accessed October 26, 2015. "Naomi, who graduated from Weequahic High School in Newark and attended Montclair State Teachers College, married Siggi when she was 18."

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